Statement by Professor Niamh Brennan, Chairman of the Docklands Authority

Statement by Professor Niamh Brennan, Chairman of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, regarding decision of 26th May, by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Wednesday 26th May 2010. On behalf of the Executive Board of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority [Docklands Authority], I welcome the decision by the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to bring the Docklands Authority within the remit of the Comptroller and Auditor General [C&AG] and to enable that body to enquire further into certain matters at the Docklands Authority. This decision is in line with the recommendation from the Executive Board to the Minister that further independent investigation would be required to address questions in relation to i) the background to the purchase of the Irish Glass Bottle site and ii) irregularities in planning structure and functions identified in a report by Declan Brassil and Company Limited.

The overriding objective of the Executive Board and staff of the Docklands Authority, at this time, is to address the legacy of past failures in Corporate Governance. These have undermined public confidence in the organisation, imperilled our financial position and given rise to serious concerns about past decisions made by the Docklands Authority.

In that context the Reports in relation to (1) Finance Function and (2) Planning Structure and Functions [the King Report and the Brassil Report respectively] which have been presented to the Minister by the Executive Board and published today have identified significant problems and shortcomings in two critically important areas of the Docklands Authority's operations.

The Docklands Authority is already well advanced in the implementation of the recommendations from the Reports and is satisfied that these operations are now considerably improved.

We believe that the two reports have been undertaken to the highest standards and the work completed will greatly assist the C&AG in undertaking his own audit and investigation. We readily acknowledge that further investigation is appropriate, particularly as new information is continually coming to light since completion of the Brassil and King Reports. We welcome the opportunity to share this information with the C&AG at the earliest opportunity.

The Executive Board of the Docklands Authority is committed to supporting the C&AG's investigation to the fullest possible extent.

Further Information:
Ray Gordon
Gordon MRM
Ph: 01 6650452
Ph: 087 2417373

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